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James Taylor


Sat 4 Feb 2017, 7:00pm–11:55pm

Where: Spark Arena, 42 Mahuhu Cres, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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Iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor today announced he

will return to New Zealand for the first time in seven years for two very special performances.

With a career spanning nearly 50 years since first signing to The Beatles’ Apple Records in 1968,

James Taylor’s music embodies the art of songwriting in its most personal and universal forms,

resonating with people all over the world, while his warm baritone is among the most recognized

voices in popular music

His songs have had a profound influence on both songwriters and music lovers of all generations and

from all walks of life; Fire and Rain, Country Road, Something in the Way She Moves, Sweet Baby

James, Carolina In My Mind and many more. In 1971 James scored his first #1 single with You’ve Got

a Friend, written by long time friend Carole King and earning him his first Grammy Award for Best Pop

Male Vocal.

James reunited with Carole for the once-in- a-lifetime Troubadour Reunion tour - kicking off the world

tour in Melbourne in 2010 – going on to become one of the most successful concert tours of the

decade. The Australasian leg was marked by sold out shows and rave reviews.

In the summer of 2015 Taylor released Before This World, his first new studio album in thirteen years,

which earned him his first ever #1 album on the Billboard Charts and was nominated for a Grammy

for Best Pop Vocal Album. Recorded at his home studio The Barn, in Washington, MA, Before This

World explores many of the themes that have absorbed Taylor throughout his career.

Next February over Waitangi weekend, James Taylor and his All Star Band return to perform at

Vector Arena in Auckland and Church Road Winery in Napier.

Tickets go on sale midday Friday, October 28.

Spark customers will be able to access a special pre-sale commencing 11am Tuesday, October 25

until 11am Thursday, October 27.

For complete tour and ticketing details, visit:

As a recording and touring artist James Taylor has set a precedent to which countless young

musicians and solo singer/songwriters have aspired, and has been a compass for fans, articulating

moments of both pain and joy.

James has sold more than 100 million albums, earned 40 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards

and five Grammy Awards, with his Greatest Hits album earning him the prestigious Diamond Award

given for sales in excess of 10 million units in the USA.

In a career marked by artistic triumphs, the past few years for Taylor have been notable for both

creative virtuosity and recognition of exceptional achievement. In 2011, Taylor was honoured with a

Carnegie Hall Perspectives series, which consisted of four concert evenings presented by Carnegie

Hall and featuring Taylor and personally selected musical guests. In 2012, he was awarded the

distinguished Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government and in 2011, was

awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. Both medals are their Nation’s

highest honours for artistic excellence recognizing “outstanding achievements and support of the

arts.” In November 2015, Taylor was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s

highest civilian honour.

Most recently it was announced that Taylor will be the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in

December of this year. The Honors are presented annually to individuals who have enriched

American culture by distinguished achievement in the performing arts.

Don’t miss the wonderful James Taylor and his All-Star band next February!

James Taylor & His All-star Band In Concert

Vector Arena, Auckland

Saturday February 4

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